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steve.taranovich
steve.taranovich
10/22/2015 11:43:44 AM
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Re: It will never happen
@zeeglen---Have you ever flown in an airplane? When the pilot turns the "auto-pilot" system on, software is flying that plane with hundreds of passengers aboard yet Boeing and Airbus aircraft flying in proximity of each other are able to communicate and fly safely....

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zeeglen
zeeglen
10/22/2015 9:32:37 AM
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It will never happen
This lays down the gauntlet to other cars manufacturers and will start a "leap-frog" battle going forward

Does anyone really think that software written by corp A will work flawlessly with software written by corp B?  Then corp C jumps in with THEIR version which works only on vehicles that THEY manufacture.

Then corp A does an 'upgrade' and their software suddenly no longer works with the software of corp B or corp C.  Bad enough when in the past this exact same scenario only caused your computer to crash...

I will NEVER trust software to do my driving for me.

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steve.taranovich
steve.taranovich
10/21/2015 5:56:41 PM
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Re: Nefarious Purposes
@Cheri S---If you are one of the non-distracted drives, then I agree with your decision, but there are far too many distracted drives that need suidance by higher tech electronics.

I do, however, agree about the reliability and cost of the computer and software "bugs" but I don't agree with your fear for government "big brother" control. I am more afraid of hackers getting control of an autonomous vehicle---we need to do more in the security end of electronics before we make autonomous vehicles ubiquitous.

 

I guess you are also wary of government intrusion into your computer and mobile phone? That's a big controversy and we need to balance the war on terrorism vs. our privacy very carefully. The Constitution should rule that

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steve.taranovich
steve.taranovich
10/21/2015 5:51:06 PM
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Re: Nefarious Purposes
You are right @wirecutter---not all electronics systems in automobiles are reliable. It's a metter of cost vs. performance/reliability unfortunately depending upon if the automobile is a low=priced car or a luxury car

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wirecutter
wirecutter
10/21/2015 10:01:43 AM
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Re: Nefarious Purposes
Car manufactures do now how to charge for items supplied by there dealers.  Wife's car had a problem with lights, wipers and remote door locks, as car 1 year out of warrentee, garage wanted £1,800 for computer and another £ 350.00 for "programming" it!  Fault traced to very high value 'pull up' resistors on switch contacts ~ 6M8 it didn't take much leakage  to put 2V on some lines, a couple of 68K replacement Rnets stopped it happening.

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Cheri S
Cheri S
10/21/2015 8:23:35 AM
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Nefarious Purposes
While I agree there are some things sensors and code can do better, full automation will provide the Guv'ment way too much information and the potential for abuse will be too tempting. Your self driving car can deliver you to the police station of their choice, guilty or not! Gives credence to Heinlien's "the world as fiction"...

Also, vehicular software has been norotious for being buggy without the electronic infrastructure to support feature creep and code fixes. Having a Ford with their Sync software and the fact that it has to reset itself every 24 driving hours, and ran out of code memory space to store all settings, processor not fast enough to show all traffic info from Sirius... I'd be upset if I had to purchase another car to support a code update - or another module for some crazy parts cost (no dealer provided parts are inexpensive).

Yeah...I'm not a fan. I prefer to control my destiny and not leave it to machines.

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